Build Your Book Writing Practice

As you keep at it, sooner or later you’ll have a moment where you want to write. Maybe out of the blue or after a fun thing you’ll be called to the keyboard or laptop or notebook and pen. 

Follow that.

Go to the page and embrace it, follow this lead toward your joy. 

After all, that’s a big part of what you wanted from writing, isn’t it?

Joy.

Breathe into that. Recognize that it’s something you want, something you deserve and accept. 

If that doesn’t feel right or feels awkward, just go with it for now. Accept.

This is what starts to happen: the energy that you put into this thing, THIS PRACTICE, it comes back around, it draws you toward it, offers energy back to you, gives you presents.

When they come, if you can get to the writing DO IT. If not, jot a note somewhere, enough just to save the thought or a piece that you’ll remember, and get back to it the next time you’re scheduled to write. Or the next time you can.

Ideas will start to arise, words will start to flow.

Follow them. Whatever comes, instead of second-guessing it, criticizing or finding fault, accept it. Accept that it is right. Then go forward and make it righter.  

An idea from an improv comedy class: be in service to the creative project. Show up to it and give everything to make it flow with ease. 

Accept whatever has already come. It’s right. Make it righter.

Even if only for today, let this idea guide you. See what happens.

About the author : Seth Harwood

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